That’s basically what we are going to celebrate this Sunday, Pentecost Sunday. It was on that day, long ago when the disciples of Jesus were gathered in a room and received the Holy Spirit. It was on this day, that the followers of Christ ignited a worldwide movement that continues to this very day.
We learn about what it means to be a Christian, to be a follower of Jesus through the gathering of believers called the church. From Sunday School classes to weekly worship and communion, it is at churches in urban areas and in the country that we are formed into Christ followers.
This Sunday, churches accross the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will be collecting the Pentecost Offering which goes towards supporting new churches, new places where people old and young will be introduced to Jesus through the lives of Christians who have heard the call to plant new communities of faith.
This offering makes a difference in the Christian Church in the Upper Midwest as we work to foster new communities of faith in Iowa, Minnesota and the Dakotas. Communities like Open Source Christian Christ and Iglesia Neuva Jerusalem in Rochester, MN or Korean Dordom Christian Church in St. Louis Park, MN. There are also planned church starts in the incubation stage in Woodbury, MN and Northern Cass County, North Dakota (just north of Fargo). We are working to spread the good news of Jesus to all people...sharing the news in Korean, English and Spanish, which is kind of like the first Pentecost- telling the story of Jesus in different tounges.
Please consider giving to the Pentecost offering. You can give in your churches this Sunday or consider giving online.
I’m also urging folk to visit our new church ministry blog called the Pentecost Project. You will read stories of how these new communities are reaching out to share the gospel and find ways to support them. I also ask that if you have a passion for new church, please consider joining the New Church Ministry Team. If you’re interested, you can either fill out the form at the Pentecost Project, or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God bless you this Pentecost and may God’s church continue to grow!
Team Leader, New Church Ministry Team, Christian Church in the Upper Midwest
Associate Pastor, First Christian Church-Minneapolis